Gary Cohn

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  • Director, National Economic Council (2017-18)
  • President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2016)

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

 

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  • Bloomberg New Economy Forum
  • Context Summits
  • The Economic Club of Washington D.C.
  • American University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Talks at Goldman Sachs
  • Institute of International Finance
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Financial Markets and the Global Economy

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman S ...

Finance industry legend Gary Cohn draws on his vast knowledge of the global financial system, economic policy, and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration, to provide candid and revealing analysis on the direction of the global economy. Having served as President & COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) as well as Chief Economic Advisor to President Trump (2017-18), Cohn offers on-the-nose insights into issues ranging from monetary policy to fiscal policy; trade to taxes. Substantive, shrewd, and humorous, he translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

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<p>Gary Cohn's Freakonomics podcast interview makes headlines</p>

Gary Cohn's Freakonomics podcast interview makes headlines

Finance industry legend and former chief economic advisor to President Trump GARY COHN was sought-out for a fascinating in-depth interview on the hit podcast Freakonomics. Opening up about the fights he won and lost while in the White House, global trade, relations with China, and the state of the economy and politics at large, Cohn shared candid insights and eye-opening anecdotes that made headlines in CNBC, The Hill, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and more. Having led one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, Cohn has been heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). He brings his engaging and substantive style to audiences worldwide, and recently headlined both the NIC Fall Conference and Bloomberg's New Economy ForumNamed to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming, for which he made headlines in Bloomberg, Cohn also joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. With his vast knowledge of the global financial system and and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration's approach to economic policy, Cohn translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways.

<p>Gary Cohn delivers insights on global financial system at Davos 2019</p>

Gary Cohn delivers insights on global financial system at Davos 2019

A finance industry legend who led one of the largest investment banking enterprises in the world, GARY COHN made headlines in NBC News, Politico, and Marketwatch, for his candid, in-depth interview from Davos on U.S. economic growth. Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). Thanks to his shrewd analysis and engaging style, Cohn has headlined both the NIC Fall Conference and Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, and just delivered a keynote at the 2019 Context Summit, during which he made headlines for a fascinating interview on CNBC. Just named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming, for which he made headlines in Bloomberg, Cohn also joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. With his vast knowledge of the global financial system and and the inner-workings of the current U.S. administration's approach to economic policy, Cohn translates uncertainty into tangible takeaways.

<p>Gary Cohn named to MZ Board of Directors</p>

Gary Cohn named to MZ Board of Directors

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-16) GARY COHN has been named to the board of directors of MZ, a global market leader in mobile gaming. Making headlines in Bloomberg and MarketWatch, Cohn is set to bring over 30 years of financial sector experience to the “Silicon Valley ‘unicorn,’” which is at the intersection of gaming and tech. As Kristen Dumont, CEO of MZ said: “Gary is not only an incredibly talented and seasoned financial expert, he is also a remarkable leader. Gary understands the challenges and triumphs of building a world class organization, having shepherded Goldman Sachs through its IPO and maturity into a public company. He forged strong connections in the technology and financial sectors and as a result, has a deep understanding of rapidly evolving companies at the top of their industries.”  Heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times), Cohn has been in-demand by companies, major news outlets, and event-planners since leaving the White House. He joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser, was sought-out by Reuters Newsmakers for an exclusive interview on the 10-year anniversary of the financial crisis, and was also interviewed on CBS This Morning on the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which Cohn was instrumental in pushing through Congress. Recently selected as a speaker for the inaugural Bloomberg New Economy Forum, for panels on both financing the new economy and the geopolitics of markets. Cohn provides unparalleled insights into the inner workings of the current administration and its economic policy-thinking. He translates political and market uncertainty into tangible takeaways for audiences worldwide.

<p>Gary Cohn named as adviser for blockchain startup</p>

Gary Cohn named as adviser for blockchain startup

Former Director of the National Economic Council (2017-18) and President and COO of Goldman Sachs (2006-2017), GARY COHN made headlines in Financial Times, CNBC, Fortune, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and more, with the news that he has joined blockchain startup Spring Labs as an adviser. Working to build a decentralized network for identity and credit that will serve as the foundation for a more transparent, secure, and efficient delivery of financial services, Spring Labs has raised millions of dollars and is pursuing a "potentially huge market." As Chairman and CEO of Spring Labs, Adam Jiwan, said: "Gary brings a wealth of experience in understanding the complexities of the global financial markets and an unparalleled network. We're beyond excited to work with him to execute on our vision to transform how information and data are shared globally across a host of major industries..."Named as President Trump's chief economic advisor in January 2017, Cohn was heralded as "an economic-policy powerhouse" (The Wall Street Journal) and a "go-to figure on matters related to jobs, business and growth" (The New York Times). At Goldman Sachs, Cohn led his team through the global financial crisis with pragmatism and strength, helping formulate the strategies that saved the firm. Thanks to his shrewd economic insights, Cohn has been sought-out to speak everywhere from the World Economic Forum to the Global Financial Leadership Conference

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Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018 as President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor. Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Mr. Cohn also helped drive other economic policies aimed toward wage and job growth in America.

In 1990, Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.  He had a variety of responsibilities including the Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016.  He was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Mr. Cohn invests across the medical technology, block chain infrastructure and cyber security sectors.  He serves on the boards of Abryx, Indago, Machine Zone and Spring Labs.

Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education.  He serves on the board of the NYU Medical School, the NYU Langone Hospital and on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. 

He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.